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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Wili not tell Paul about his suspicions about Mike and Della?
2. Paul is severely injured during what stage of the battle?
3. Avery insists the Renaissance will be the end of what?
4. How does the Authority react to the floating bobble that Wili created?
5. How does the Authority react to Wili's ploy?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Wili predict where the embobbled tenement building will go?
2. How does Mike betray Della?
3. How does Wili manipulate Della and Mike while they are at the demonstration of the power generator?
4. What happens during Della's attack on the pass?
5. How do Wili's abilities compare to Paul's?
6. What is Renaissance?
7. How are Paul and the others able to travel to the Authority enclave in secret?
8. What fears do Mike and Allison express when the group returns to Paul's home?
9. What major intelligence problem does the Authority face during the battle, and what does Della recommend to solve it?
10. Why does Paul decide to embobble himself?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Avery, the leader of the Authority in its base of power, the west coast of the United States, begins the novel as a suspicious but effective leader. As events progress, he slowly looses his grasp on sanity, and it becomes clear he has allowed his obsessions to get the better of him.
1) Discuss Avery as a character and a leader. What are his most important defining traits, what makes him an effective leader, and how did he come to a position of power within the Authority?
2) Describe the obsessions that plague Avery and how he struggles with them. Cite examples of Avery either overcoming or being defeated by these obsessions and describe how these events affect his psyche.
3) Explain Avery's final descent into madness, its causes, and its effects on the final conflict with the Tinkers.
Essay Topic 2
The bobbles are a defining element of the setting, and all the major events of the novel and of the history leading up to it are shaped by them. They represent a kind of super-weapon, superseding nuclear weapons, and allowing the Peace Authority to control much of the world.
1) Explain what a bobble is, how it is created and destroyed, and what its characteristics are.
2) Describe some uses for bobbles that are seen in the novel.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to control most of the world through their use of bobbles.
4) Discuss the impact that Paul and Wili's rogue bobble-generator has on the world and its political balance.
Essay Topic 3
The Authority is a world-spanning organization that maintains control over most of the globe through aggressive use of the bobbles, which it has exclusive access to. Although it ostensibly exists to maintain peace throughout the world, it also causes a considerable amount of human suffering and carries out various immoral acts.
1) Discuss what the Authority is, and how it came to power. Explain its organization, goals, and resources.
2) Describe the ways the Authority harms humanity through its restrictions on technology and its aggressive maintenance of the peace.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to maintain public support for its rule, despite its despotic activities and harsh restrictions.
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